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Nubian Kingdoms First Edition
Contributor(s): Russmann, Edna R.

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ISBN: 0531202836     ISBN-13: 9780531202838
Publisher: Franklin Watts
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Binding Type: Library
Published: March 1999
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Annotation: A survey of the history and culture of the North African Nubian kingdoms first settled about 6,000 B.C.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Africa
Dewey: 939/.78
LCCN: 97029389
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 7.25" W x 0.25" (0.70 lbs) 64 pages
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Publisher Description:
This highly praised series of books has been in print since the 1950s (launched originally by Franklin Watts himself). Today's First Books provide engaging, in-depth introductions to subjects in all areas of the middle-grade curriculum, including science, social studies, and the arts.

Illustrated with color and historical photography and art, each First Book is chaptered, includes an index, a "For Further Reading" list and, where appropriate, a glossary and original maps.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1999)
Clearly written books look at the archaeological sites, social and religious beliefs, art forms, and significant historical figures related to each civilization. The legacies and, when appropriate, contemporary life of these peoples are briefly discussed. Captioned color photographs (some of which are poorly reproduced), archival portraits, maps, and time lines are included in each presentation. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 August)
Gr 5-7-Although Haynes does cover the reigns of well-known pharaohs such as Chufu (the builder of the pyramids at Giza), King Tut, Ramesses II, and Cleopatra, she also tries to provide an overview of ancient Egypt, touching on everyday life, art, and religion. The problem is, the presentation is dry and uninspired. The text lacks sparkle, and much of the information is available in many other sources. The full-color illustrations are standard stock photos. George Hart's Ancient Egypt (Knopf, 1990) provides a much richer range of information in both text and illustration. Russmann's book also suffers from a lackluster presentation, but it may prove more useful to libraries simply because there is much less material available on Nubia than on Egypt. Recent excavations have revealed a culture much influenced by nearby Egypt, but also unique in its own art, pyramids, and writing. Robert S. Bianchi's The Nubians (Millbrook, 1994) covers much of the same information on the Nubian dynasties but focuses a bit more on Nubian kings of Egypt. Pamela F. Service's The Ancient African Kingdom of Kush (Benchmark, 1997) focuses on the Kush Kingdom, the Nubian culture that wrote in a language called Meroitic, which still has not been translated. Purchase where needed to fill requests for reports.-Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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